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With 78 days to Brexit, British parliament ready to take on PM

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 10:24am
The British parliament is set for a September showdown between Prime Minister Boris Johnson's "do or die" pro-Brexit government and those implacably opposed to leaving the European Union without a divorce deal.

Jeffrey Epstein sex abuse accuser files first in wave of lawsuits

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 10:23am
A New York woman who said she was sexually assaulted by Jeffrey Epstein at the age of 14 sued the disgraced financier's estate and a former associate on Wednesday, in the start of an expected wave of lawsuits.

Hong Kong police fire tear gas at demonstrators

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 10:12am
Hong Kong police fired tear gas at hundreds of protesters who had gathered outside a police station in the residential area of Sham Shui Po in Kowloon.

Pakistan PM accuses India of planning military action in Kashmir

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 10:03am
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan used an address celebrating Independence Day on Wednesday to accuse India of planning military action in the disputed Kashmir region that has long been a flashpoint between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.

'Collaborators' are undermining Britain's Brexit bet, PM says

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 9:41am
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday some British lawmakers hoping to block Brexit were engaged in "terrible" collaboration with the European Union by undermining London's negotiating hand and so making no deal more likely.

France opens criminal probe into death of Irish girl in Malaysia

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 8:43am
The Paris prosecutor's office has opened a criminal probe into the death of an Irish-French girl, whose body was found near a jungle stream in Malaysia, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

Shrinking German economy 'on edge of recession' as exports stutter

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 7:44am
Slumping exports sent Germany's economy into reverse in the second quarter, with prospects of an early recovery slim as its manufacturers struggle at the sharp end of a global slowdown amplified by tariff conflicts and fallout from Brexit.

Jeffrey Epstein accuser sues financier's estate, Maxwell, others

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 6:49am
A woman who has accused Jeffrey Epstein of sexual misconduct on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the financier's estate, Epstein's former associate Ghislaine Maxwell, and three unnamed staff members who worked for Epstein in New York, according to a court filing.

German government still sees economy growing slightly in 2019 despite second-quarter contraction

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 6:47am
Chancellor Angela Merkel's government still believes the German economy will grow slightly this year despite contracting in the second quarter, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday, adding that the government did not think further stimulus was necessary.

Hong Kong airport reopens, official China newspaper urges end to violence

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 11:34pm
Hong Kong's airport resumed operations on Wednesday, rescheduling hundreds of flights that had been disrupted over the past two days as protesters clashed with riot police in a deepening crisis in the Chinese-controlled city.

China's Hong Kong office condemns 'near-terrorist acts' at Hong Kong airport

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 11:34pm
China's Hong Kong affairs office condemned what it called "near-terrorist acts" at Hong Kong's airport and reiterated support for local authorities to severely punish those responsible amid an escalating crisis in the Chinese-controlled city.

Family of Irish teen found dead in Malaysia won't seek criminal probe: lawyer

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 11:31pm
The family of an Irish girl whose naked body was found near a Malaysian jungle stream will not demand a criminal investigation into the incident, their lawyer said on Wednesday, leaving it up to the police to decide the next course of action.

Warden at New York jail where financier Epstein died is removed

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 10:51pm
U.S. Attorney General William Barr ordered the removal of the warden at the federal jail where financier Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in an apparent suicide while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges, the Justice Department said on Tuesday, after condemning "serious irregularities" at the facility.

Police, protesters clash at Hong Kong airport after flights halted for second day

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 10:27pm
Police and protesters clashed at Hong Kong's international airport on Tuesday after flights were disrupted for a second day as the political crisis in the former British colony deepened.

Chinese state media urge action, voice support for Hong Kong police after overnight clashes

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 10:27pm
Chinese state media called on Beijing on Wednesday to deal with protests in Hong Kong more decisively after a reporter from one of China's largest government-backed newspapers was caught up in overnight clashes.

China July industrial output growth falls to 17-year low as trade war escalates, retail sales disappoint

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 10:25pm
China reported a raft of unexpectedly weak July data on Wednesday, including a surprise drop in industrial output growth to a more than 17-year low, underlining widening economic cracks as the trade war with the United States intensifies.

China's July steel output eases on environmental curbs, shrinking margins

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 10:25pm
China's monthly crude steel output fell for a second straight month in July, official data showed on Wednesday, as steel mills trimmed output amid heightened environmental measures and record raw material prices.

Asian stocks bounce in relief as Trump delays China tariffs

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 10:03pm
Asian stocks joined a global equities surge on Wednesday, after Washington delayed tariffs on some Chinese imports and gave much-needed relief for markets gripped by political and economic turmoil.

U.S. aviation regulator bans select MacBook Pro laptops from flights

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 9:19pm
U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has banned certain models of Apple Inc's MacBook Pro laptops on flights, after the company recalled select units which had batteries posing fire risks.

French child protection group urges Epstein investigation

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 8:48pm
A French child protection group stepped up pressure on Tuesday for prosecutors to open an investigation into the activities in France of Jeffrey Epstein, the U.S. financier found dead in an apparent suicide while being held on sex-trafficking charges.